9th an­nual truck show

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I’m on the com­mit­tee, but this is just the best show go­ing.”

Benny and Steve drive for Ade­laide Tow­ing and The Truck Fac­tory (Tow­ing) re­spec­tively.

Both busi­nesses are owned by Mark Men­zie, so the ri­valry is con­vivial.

Benny is the ‘new’ boy on the block, hav­ing been with the com­pany for six years – the last four straight.

His Coron­ado, like Steve’s Peter­bilt, is above and be­yond in pre­sen­ta­tion.

“You see some sad things in the course of the job. No ac­ci­dent is nice to go to. How do you cope? The only way can ex­plain it is it’s like a switch. You have to turn off.”

Af­ter 56 years in tow­ing, Steve con­curs.

“You learn to shut off,” he said.

“If you don’t you would be in all sorts of trou­ble. It catches up with a lot of the blokes in the busi­ness years af­ter they’ve given it away. When I first started I used to take the cars home to peo­ple’s places. Of­ten you would get there be­fore the po­lice ar­rived, the par­ent or part­ner would ask where their son was and you would have to tell them. It’s a lot bet­ter th­ese days.”

“It’s also a very re­ward­ing job,” Benny said.

“Mark Men­zie, who started the busi­ness 14 years ago, is a great boss and a great friend. He’s ter­rific to work for.”

For the sec­ond year run­ning, the Rig of the Show was taken out by the Corn­will broth­ers with their T908.

At­ten­tion to the mi­nut­est de­tail has given this truck a ware­house of tro­phies over the years.

When we met them at Koroit, the front of the truck was jacked off the ground so Rick could tyre-black not only the side­walls but the treads as well.

It was not as though the truck was lack­ing com­pe­ti­tion – quite the op­po­site.

Rick has in­di­cated that he will not en­ter next year as he has been in­vited to be a judge.

And won’t that be a re­lief to the op­po­si­tion! Koroit. Ten years in 2019. Y’all Be There!


TOWIE LIFE FOR ME: Benny loves his gig with Ade­laide Truck Tow­ing.

More colour than a bag full of jelly beans.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Rod Aiken was spot­ted out and about.

Dako­tah Keane on the steps of dad Ja­son’s T909.

Graeme Morris, Shirl McCosker and Richard Allen.

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